Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Patio Furniture made from Aluminum

Aluminum is one metal that is perfect to make patio furniture from, for decks, swimming pools, cafes and bistro furniture.

Wikipedia says this about aluminum:

“Aluminium is remarkable for its ability to resist corrosion (due to the phenomenon of passivation) and its low density. Structural components made from aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and patio furniture industry and very important in other areas of transportation and building. Its reactive nature makes it useful as a catalyst or additive in chemical mixtures, including being used in ammonium nitrate explosives to enhance blast power.

Aluminium is a soft, durable, lightweight, malleable metal with appearance ranging from silvery to dull gray, depending on the surface roughness. Aluminium is nontoxic, nonmagnetic, and nonsparking. It is also insoluble in alcohol, though it can be soluble in water in certain forms. The yield strength of pure aluminium is 7–11 MPa, while aluminium alloys have yield strengths ranging from 200 MPa to 600 MPa. Aluminium has about one-third the density and stiffness of steel. It is ductile, and easily machined, cast, and extruded.

Corrosion resistance can be excellent due to a thin surface layer of aluminium oxide that forms when the metal is exposed to air, effectively preventing further oxidation. The strongest aluminium alloys are less corrosion resistant due to galvanic reactions with alloyed copper. This corrosion resistance is also often greatly reduced when many aqueous salts are present however, particularly in the presence of dissimilar metals.”

It is no wonder that furniture made from aluminum makes ideal patio furniture as it is easily machined, non-corrosive, lightweight and strong.

Home owners buy patio sets for their back yards and outdoor patios to enjoy outdoor dining, poolside relaxation.

Commercial pools at communities, apartments, YMCA’s and municipal pools all use aluminum patio furniture for it’s comfort, value and beauty.
Cast aluminum furniture is also used for its beauty and non-corrosive characteristics. Cast iron will rust in comparison to aluminum. Cafe’s, bistro’s and resort hotels use elegant styles that are reminiscent of victorian and traditional english garden furniture to provide a rich ambiance for their guests.

Food service is big business worldwide and aluminum patio furniture is a frequent choice for aluminum dining tables and chairs for patios.

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